Knights stomp rivals

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Bryan Levine / Valencia Voice

D.J. Hicks stands in the on-deck circle as Ronnie Richardson steps up to the plate.

With a busy schedule a head of them the No.19 UCF Knights started off their week with a 12-1 victory over the USF Bulls, Tuesday night.

The Knights (6-2) were the clearly dominant team, as it took eight innings for the Bulls (4-4) to score their first and only run.

“The guys played very well against a very good team,” said head coach Terry Rooney.

Eric Skoglund was lights out, as he struck out seven Bulls in 3.2 innings of relief work.

“He did a tremendous job out of the bullpen,” said Rooney.

D.J. Hicks pitched for the first two innings. He stuck two batters and allowed three hits. He also had a good night at the plate, as he ended the game with four RBIs.

“D.J. did a good job in his first outing on the mound,” said Rooney.

The start was Hicks’ first since March 2009.

“Definitely a little nervous but I had fun with it,” said Hicks after the game.

Even though Roman Madrid only pitched faced one batter, he stepped up to the mound and struck out a Bull during the fifth inning.

Knights, second baseman, Travis Shreve had two hits and a two RBIs.

Left fielder, Nick Carrillo had the only home run of the night and finished with a total of three runs scored.

Alex Friedrich entered this season with three career doubles, and with two tonight, he now has five on the season.

This was the 109th career meeting between the Knights and the Bulls. The series history stands at USF 56 UCF 53.

The Knights will next play Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

“We are not satisfied with winning one mid week game. Our goal is to sweep and win both games this week,” said Hicks.